Committee on History & Philosophy in Physics

2014 Area Committee of the Year

The Committee on History and Philosophy in Physics has been selected as the 2014 AAPT Area Committee of the year.  The Committee has gone beyond the standard responsibilities of Area Committees and the Committee's mission and initiatives are aligned with the 2013 AAPT Strategic Plan. For example, they developed sessions and a field trip to the Bakken Museum in Minneapolis during the 2014 Summer Meeting, started an initiative to connect history of physics with recent developments in physics in such a way that this is useful for teachers of physics through sessions and workshops, continued to expand teachers' perceptions of the history of physics to non-European cultures through sessions and workshops, and are actively working on the Committee's website. The Executive Board appreciates the Committee's initiatives and looks forward to seeing positive outcomes of these and other initiatives.

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2013 Annual Committee Report
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2004 Committee Annual Report



Committee Members

Christopher M. Nakamura, Chair (2019)
Saginaw Valley State Univ
7400 Bay Rd
255 Science West - Physics Dept
University Center, MI United States 48710-0001

Gen Long, Vice Chair (2019)
St John's University
8000 Utopia Pkwy
Department of Physics
Jamaica, NY United States 11439-0001
Phone: (718) 990-5386

Eldred 'Jay' Bagley (2019)
Mastbaum AVTS
12th and Norris Street
Philadelphia, PA United States 19122

Scott Bonham (2019)
Western Kentucky University
Physics and Astronomy Dept
1906 College Heights Blvd #11077
Bowling Green, KY United States 42101

Terry M. Christensen (2020)
41 Aster Way
Newtown, PA United States 18940

Svilen D. Kostov (2021)
Georgia Southwestern State Univ
800 GSW Univ Dr
Americus, GA United States 31709
Phone: (229) 931-2321

Bradley K. McCoy (2020)
Azusa Pacific University
Department of Mathematics & Physics
P.O. Box 7000
Azusa, CA United States 91702-7000

Joshua S. Von Korff (2021)
Georgia State University
25 Park Place NE
Room 605
Atlanta, GA United States 30303
Phone: (404) 413-6009

Robert C. Hilborn, Ex Officio
One Physics Ellipse
5th Floor
College Park, MD United States 20740-3845
Phone: (301) 209-3325; Fax: (301) 209-0845

Rachel Sweeney, Staff Liaison
American Association of Physics Teachers
Office of the Executive Officer
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD United States 20740-3845
Phone: (301) 209-3304; Fax: (301) 209-0845

Past Chairs

Committee on History & Philosophy of Physics

Todd K. Timberlake, PhD (2016)

Harvey S. Leff, PhD (2017)

Ekaterina I. Michonova, PhD (2018)



  1. To promote interest in the history and philosophy of physics among the Association members.
  2. To work towards the preservation and deepening of a historical perspective in physics education at all levels.
  3. To develop increased sensitivity among members to the need to preserve careful records of current happenings.
  4. To cooperate, as appropriate, with AIP's Center for the History of Physics and APS's Forum on the History of Physics.